Kenneth W. Schafer
Kenneth W. Schafer, 86, of Princeton, our loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandpa, great-great grandpa and friend went to be with his Lord Monday, May 5, 2014. He was born January 3, 1928 in Princeton to Kenneth Sr. and Jewel Schafer. Kenny was a one of a kind. He loved his family with all of his heart and put his family first in his life. His greatest joys in life were his kids, grandkids, and greats and friends. He taught all of his kids to waterski and swim as we spent many times at Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake with many wonderful friends and family.
After he served his country as a military police officer in the Army at Ft. Knox. He came home to work in the heating, cooling, plumbing business with his father-in-law Tobe A. Field. When Tobe retired he bought the business and started K. W. Schafer & Sons with his 3 sons. After many years of hard work and dedication to his company and loyal customers and many businesses, he and his wife Carol retired in 1993 and moved to Rotonda West, Florida where they met many new friends and enjoyed retirement until 2003. They returned home due to health reasons and lived the last 11 years enjoying their family.
He was a member at Memorial Methodist Church in Princeton where he taught Sunday School and in later years joined the Patoka Methodist Church. He was a past president of the Hadi Temple Gibson County Shrine Club. He was a founding father of the Princeton Youth Football League later to become Gibson County Youth Football, a member of the American Legion, Father's Auxiliary of the VFW, Prince Lodge #231, and Elk's. He sponsored many years of Little League Baseball and Youth Football.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Carol (Field) Schafer, 3 sons, Michael (Shannon), Craig (Linda), Brent (Gayla) Schafer and 1 daughter, Sue Ellen (Mike) Beloat. He leaves a great legacy, 15 grandkids, 33 great and 1 great-great.
He was preceded in death by his mom and dad, Kenneth Sr. and Jewel Schafer.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Colvin Funeral Home, 425 N. Main St. in Princeton, where Masonic memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. with a Shrine walk through preceding masonic services. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Patoka United Methodist Church, 104 NE Mill St. in Patoka with visitation at the church from 9 a.m. until service time. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery near Ft. Branch where military rites will be performed by retired military veterans.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gibson Youth Football League of which he was a founder. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at the church. Condolences may be expressed online at www.colvinfuneralhome.com
Colvin Funeral Home Inc
425 N Main St Princeton, IN 47670
Published in Courier Press on May 8, 2014